miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2012

LIKE A PRAYER. MADONNA. 1989. HISTORIA DE UN ÁLBUM + Videos Y Letra: LIKE A PRAYER + EXPRESS YOURSELF + CHERISH + DEAR JESSIE + OH FATHER + KEEP IT TOGETHER.

Like a Prayer —en español: Como una oración— es el cuarto álbum de estudio de la cantante estadounidense Madonna, producido por ella, Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard y Prince. Fue lanzado el 21 de marzo de 1989 por el sello discográfico Sire Records, recibiendo críticas muy buenas, nombrándolo como el mejor álbum de la primera década de la carrera de Madonna. Actualmente se lo sigue considerando como uno de los mejores álbumes de estudio de Madonna. La RIAA lo certificó 'cuatro veces Platino' el 16 de julio de 1997, reconociendo las cuatro millones de copias vendidas en Estados Unidos, convirtiéndose en su séptimo álbum mejor vendido en este país, vendió más de 1.7 millones de copias en el Reino Unido.A nivel mundial, el álbum ha vendido más de 19 millones de copias.
El 21 de marzo de 1989 fue lanzado al mercado el esperadísimo nuevo álbum de Madonna: Like a Prayer. El lanzamiento publicitario a nivel mundial fue enorme. Además de la larga espera desde 1986, que editó su último álbum de estudio True Blue, y la gigantesca polémica suscitada por el video musical de la canción que da título al álbum; la reacción del público y ventas fue inmediata y espectacular.
El álbum incorpora elementos de pop, dance, rock, góspel, soul y funk en las distintas canciones que lo forman. La revista Rolling Stone denominó al álbum como "lo más cerca que ha estado la música pop del arte". El álbum fue grabado en 1988 junto a los ya re-nombrados productores Patrick Leonard y Stephen Bray; a lo que también se suma un dueto con el cantante Prince. Like a Prayer es quizás el álbum mas personal de la carrera de Madonna, incluyendo distintos temas relacionados con su vida personal. Es allí donde incluye la primera de las tantas canciones a través de su carrera en la cual Madonna habla abiertamente acerca de la muerte de su madre, "Promise to Try"; Madonna incluso dedica el álbum a my mother who taught me to pray (a mi madre, quien me enseñó a orar). El álbum también abarca su fallido matrimonio con el actor Sean Penn en la canción "Till Death Do Us Part".
Antes del lanzamiento comercial del primer sencillo del álbum, la compañía de refrescos Pepsi decidió usar la canción como parte de una campaña publicitaria de sus bebidas incluyendo la participación de la propia Madonna. Sumado a esto, la empresa firmó un contrato como patrocinadora de la que sería la próxima gira de Madonna, Blond Ambition Tour. El comercial fue televisado dos veces antes de la publicación del video musical de la canción en la cadena MTV. Pepsi desconocía la controvertida temática del video: Madonna es testigo de un asesinato, besa a un santo negro (San Benito de Palermo), se producen estigmas en sus manos después de tocar un cuchillo y baila ante cruces ardiendo. Todo esto originó que diversos sectores religiosos se manifestaran en contra de Madonna y boicotearan la empresa, por lo que Pepsi no tuvo otra opción que cancelar el comercial; a pesar de lo cual, Madonna conservó los 5 millones de dólares propuestos en el contrato.
El álbum debutó en el puesto número once de la lista Billboard 200 en Estados Unidos, aunque tres semanas después llegó al número uno del listado permaneciendo allí seis semanas consecutivas. El álbum fue número en Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido. Vendió mas de cuatro millones de copias en Estados Unidos, consiguiendo la certificación de cuatro discos de platino y 1.2 millones de copias en el Reino Unido.
Like a Prayer esta considerado, junto a Ray of Light (1998) y Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) como uno de los mejores álbumes de su carrera, recibiendo las mejores críticas a la vez que teniendo un gran éxito en muchos aspectos.
De acuerdo con la lista publicada por la revista Time el 13 de noviembre de 2006, Like a Prayer es uno de los 100 mejores álbumes de todos los tiempos. En 2003, la revista Rolling Stone ubicó al álbum en el puesto #237 de "los 500 mejores álbumes de todos los tiempos". Aparte de esto, el álbum fue incluido en el libro "1001 discos que hay que escuchar antes de morir".
  
VIDEO ORIGINAL TEMA: LIKE A PRAYER. MADONA.
 

LIKE A PRAYER

Life is a mystery
Everyone must stand alone
I hear you call my name
And it feels like home


Refrain:
When you call my name
Feels like a little prayer
And down on my knees
I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour
I can feel your power
Just like a prayer
U know I'll take there


I hear your voice
Feels like an angel's sight
I have no choice I hear your voice
Feels like flying
I close my eyes
Oh god I think I'm falling
Out of the sky I close my eyes
Heaven help me


Refrain:

Like a child
U whisper softly to me
U'r in control just like a child
Now I'm dancing
It's like a dream
No end and no beginning
U'r here with me
It's like a dream
Let's the choir sing


Refrain(bis)

Life is a mystery
Everyone must stand alone
I hear you call my name
And it feels like home


Just like a prayer
Your voice can take me there
Just like a muse to me
U are a mystery
Just like a dream
U are not what you seemed
Just like a prayer
No choice your voice can take me there


Just like a prayer I'll take you there
Feels like a dream to me


VIDEO ORIGINAL TEMA: EXPRESS YOURSEFL. MADONNA.
 
EXPRESS YOURSELF
(Spoken:)
Come on girls
Do you believe in love?
'Cause I got something to say about it
And it goes something like this

Chorus:


Don't go for second best baby
Put your love to the test
You know, you know, you've got to
Make him express how he feels
And maybe then you'll know your love is real


You don't need diamond rings
Or eighteen karat gold
Fancy cars that go very fast
You know they never last, no, no
What you need is a big strong hand
To lift you to your higher ground
Make you feel like a queen on a throne
Make him love you till you can't come down
[You'll never come down]


(chorus)

Long stem roses are the way to your heart

But he needs to start with your head
Satin sheets are very romantic
What happens when you're not in bed
You deserve the best in life
So if the time isn't right then move on
Second best is never enough
You'll do much better baby on your own
[Baby on your own]


(chorus)

Express yourself

[You've got to make him]
Express himself
Hey, hey, hey, hey
So if you want it right now, make him show you how
Express what he's got, oh baby ready or not

Intermediate:


And when you're gone he might regret it
Think about the love he once had
Try to carry on, but he just won't get it
He'll be back on his knees

To express himself

[You've got to make him]
Express himself
Hey hey

What you need is a big strong hand
To lift you to your higher ground
Make you feel like a queen on a throne
Make him love you till you can't come down
[You'll never come down]

(intermediate)


So please


(chorus)


Express yourself
[You've got to make him]
Express himself
Hey, hey, hey, hey
So if you want it right now, make him show you how
Express what he's got, oh baby ready or not
Express yourself
[You've got to make him]
So you can respect yourself
Hey, hey
So if you want it right now, then make him show you how
Express what he's got, oh baby ready or not 

VIDEO ORIGINAL TEMA: CHERISH. MADONNA.
 

CHERISH

So tired of broken hearts and losing at this game
Before I start this dance
I take a chance in telling you
I want more than just romance
You are my destiny, I can't let go baby can't you see
Cupid please take your aim at me

Chorus:


Cherish the thought
Of always having you here by my side (oh baby I)
Cherish the joy
You keep bringing it into my life (I'm always singing it)
Cherish your strength
You got the power to make me feel good (and baby I)
Perish the thought
Of ever leaving, I never would


I was never satisfied with casual encounters
I can't hide my need for two hearts that bleed with burning love
That's the way it's got to be
Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way I bet
So don't underestimate my point of view

(chorus)


Who? You! Can't get away I won't let you
Who? You! I could never forget to
Cherish is the word I use to remind me of your love

Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way I bet

So don't underestimate my point of view

Who? You! Can't get away I won't let you

Who? You! I could never forget to
Cherish is the word I use to remind me of your love

(chorus)


Give me faith give me joy, my boy
I will always cherish you.


VIDEO ORIGINAL TEMA: DEAR JESSIE. MADONNA
 

DEAR JESSIE

 Baby face don't grow so fast
make a special wish that will always last
rub this magic lantern
he will make your dreams come true for you
Ride the rainbow to the other side
catch a falling star and then take a ride
to the river that sings and the clover that
brings good luck to you, it's all true
Chorus:

Pink elephants and lemonade, dear jessie
hear the laughter running through the love parade
candy kisses and a sunny day, dear jessie
see the roses raining on the love parade
If the land of make believe
is inside your heart it will never leave
there's a golden gate where the fairies all wait
and dancing moons, for you
Close your eyes and you'll be there
where the mermaids sing as they comb their hair
like a fountain of gold you can never grow old
where dreams are made, your love parade
(chorus)

Your dreams are made inside the love parade
it's a holiday inside the love parade
On the merry-go-round of lovers and white turtle doves
leprechauns floating by, this is your lullaby
sugarplum fingertips kissing your honey lips
close your eyes sleepy head, is it time for your bed
never forget what i said, hang on you're already there
Close your eyes and you'll be there
where the mermaids sing as they comb their hair
like a fountain of gold you can never grow old
where dreams are made, your love parade
(chorus)


VIDEO ORIGINAL TEMA: OH FATHER. MADONNA.
 
 OH FATHER
 It's funny that way, you can get used
To the tears and the pain
What a child will believe
You never loved me

Chorus:


You can't hurt me now

I got away from you, I never thought I would
You can't make me cry, you once had the power
I never felt so good about myself

Seems like yesterday

I lay down next to your boots and I prayed
For your anger to end
Oh Father I have sinned

(chorus)


Oh Father you never wanted to live that way

You never wanted to hurt me
Why am I running away
(repeat)


Maybe someday

When I look back I'll be able to say
You didn't mean to be cruel
Somebody hurt you too

(chorus) 

VIDEO TEMA: KEEP IT TOGETHER. BLOND AMBITION WORLD TOUR. MADONNA. 
 

KEEP IT TOGETHER

Keep, keep it together
keep people together forever and ever
I got brothers, i got some sisters too
stuck in the middle tell you what i'm gonna do
gonna get out of here, i'm gonna leave this place
so i can forget every single hungry face
i'm tired of sharing all the hand me downs
to get attention i must always be the clown
i wanna be different, i wanna be on my own
but daddy said listen, you will always have a home
Chorus:

Keep it together in the family
they're a reminder of your history
brothers and sisters they hold the key
to your heart and your soul
don't forget that your family is gold
I hit the big time but i still get the blues
everyone's a stranger, city life can get to you
people can be so cold, never want to turn your back
just givin' to get something
always wanting something back
when i get lonely and i need to be
loved for who i am, not what they want to see
brothers and sisters, they've always been there for me
we have a connection, home is where the heart should be
(chorus)

Intermediate:
When i look back on all the misery
and all the heartache that they brought to me
i wouldn't change it for another chance
'cause blood is thicker than any other circumstance
When i get lonely and i need to be
loved for who i am, not what they want to see
brothers and sisters, they've always been there for me
we have a connection, home is where the heart should be
(intermediate)
(chorus)
Keep, keep it together
keep people together forever and ever
(repeat and fade)


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